JP II, 25 years of Pontificate [20]

John Paul II, 25th Anniversary of Pontificate

Subject: Pope John Paul II
Face value: 20 pln
Alloy: 925/1000 Ag
Dimensions: 40x40 mm
Weight: 28.28 g
Finish: proof
Mintage: 83000 pcs
On the edge: smooth
Additional: no
Date of issue: 2003-09-24
Issue price: 72 pln
Portrait of John Paul II. Inscriptions: JAN PAWEŁ II (John Paul II), and: 25-LECIE PONTYFIKATU (25th Anniversary of Pontificate), along the edges of the coin, on the right side.

Designer: Ewa Tyc-Karpińska
On the right side, a silhouette of John Paul II leaning on a crosier, ornamental branches in the background. Above, image of the Eagle established as the State Emblem of the Republic of Poland; notation of the year of issue: 2003, below. Downwards inscription: RZECZPOSPOLITA / POLSKA / 20 ZŁ. The Mint mark: m/w, under the Eagle's left talon.

Designer: Ewa Tyc-Karpińska

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John Paul II, 25th Anniversary of Pontificate

A detailed calculation of the long, nearly bimillennial history of the papacy shows that recently John Paul II moved up into fourth place in the table of the longest pontificates. According to Proto-Christian tradition, St. Peter, whom Jesus invested with pastoral authority over the Church, held the office for about 33 years. Pius IX (1846-1878) is second with a pontificate, which lasted 31 years and 7 months; and Leo XIII (1878-1903) third (in office for 25 years and 7 months). As he comes up to his Silver Jubilee, John Paul II has overtaken Number Five in the table, Pius VI (1775-1799), with a mere twenty-four and a half years. A record result - in view of the devastating assassination attempt of 13th May 1981, which was supposed to put an end to John Paul's II life.

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